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Page Break is a collection of casual conversations between epic fantasy author Brian McClellan and fellow creative professionals—like two friends sitting down over lunch to discuss career, craft, family, and hobbies. Authorhood is a quiet sort of minor fame where the person behind the words is often obscured by the works they’ve created. Brian aims to use this podcast to find out more about his friends and colleagues. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Brian's guest this week is author, editor, and game designer Shanna Germain! Shanna is best known as the co-founder, co-owner, and managing editor of Monte Cook Games. Over her career she’s published everything from poems and articles to short stories and novels, as well as taught classes on publishing and writing. Her latest works include Numenera…
 
Brian's guest this week is epic fantasy author Bradley Beaulieu! Brad is known for the Lays of Anuskaya, the Song of the Shattered Sands, and his scifi debut Absynthe under the pseudonym of Brenden P. Bellecourt. Brad and Brian talk about his early career, how characters change and develop during the writing process, and picking proper nouns and bo…
 
Brian's guest this week is urban fantasy author Stephen Blackmoore. Stephen is best known for his acclaimed Eric Carter series about a necromancer in modern day LA. He's also written tie-in fiction for video games and TV shows, numerous short stories, and was the creative director for the Fate of Cthulu ttrpg for Evil Hat Productions. Stephen and B…
 
Guest host Dan Wells jumps in to make this week's episode all about Brian to celebrate the launch of his new book! Brian is best known for his Powder Mage Universe that spans six novels as well as numerous novellas and short stories. He's also written the ongoing Valkyrie Collections urban fantasy, and is normally the host of this podcast, Page Bre…
 
Brian's guest this week is epic fantasy author Scott Lynch! Scott is the author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Lies of Locke Lamora and the follow-ups Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves. Scott and Brian talk about the double-edged nature of being a writer during the pandemic, and the need to attend to your physical h…
 
Brian's guest this week is Youtuber Tim Hickson. Tim is the owner, writer, and performer of the wildly popular Hello Future Me channel, where he breaks down plot, characters, and worldbuilding. He’s also the author of two books on the subject: On Writing and Worldbuilding Volumes I and II. Tim and Brian talk about the pressures of success, Tim’s jo…
 
Brian's guest this week is author Cherie Priest. Cherie is known for work that dips toes in a number of different genres, including horror, science fiction, southern gothic, fantasy, and steampunk. She’s best known for her Clockwork Century Universe that started with Boneshaker, and has also written the Eden Moore series, the Borden Dispatches, the…
 
Brian's guest this week is science fiction author John Scalzi. John is known for a massive variety of work, including his early career as a reviewer and columnist, his bestselling breakout novel Old Man’s War, his time as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and his well-known blog, Whatever. John and Brian talk about paradigm shift…
 
Brian's guest this week is novelist Katherine Arden. Katherine is known for her Russian-inspired historical fantasy the Winternight Trilogy, which begins with The Bear and the Nightingale, and her middle-grade series Small Spaces. Katherine and Brian chat about her life before getting published and her extensive world travels, as well as skiing, ga…
 
Hey everyone! Just a quick hello and update for everything going on in the Brianverse! IN THE SHADOW OF LIGHTNING Preorder Campaign: https://read.macmillan.com/promo/intheshadowoflightningpreorder/ Les Imaginales: https://www.imaginales.fr/invites/mcclellan-brian/ Promise of Blood in French: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/2493405048/ The Crimson Campaign…
 
Brian's guest this week is epic fantasy author Brian Staveley. Brian is known for his award-winning Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne, the first book of which was The Emperor’s Blades, which came out in 2014. Brian and his fellow Brian talk about the solitary life of a writer, coming up with book titles, living in the countryside, and the challenges …
 
Brian's guest this week is fantasy author Naomi Novik! Naomi is best known for her massively successful Temeraire series in which dragons fight in the Napoleonic Wars and was, as Brian recounts in the episode, an early inspiration for his own writing. She’s also written the Scholomance trilogy, standalone novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver, and a …
 
Brian's guest this week is fantasy author Samantha Shannon. Samantha’s career began at the age of twenty-one when she published the internationally-bestselling The Bone Season with Bloomsbury Publishing. There have been three more books in that series, as well as Samantha’s acclaimed stand-alone, The Priory of the Orange Tree. Brian and Samantha ta…
 
Brian's guest this week is epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. For the very few of you who don’t know him, Brandon is one of the most prolific and successful authors working in science fiction and fantasy today. He is known for his massive interconnected Cosmere in which many different fantasy worlds exist in the same universe—including Mistborn…
 
Brian's guest this week is author and streamer Janet Forbes. Janet is the CEO of World Anvil, an online worldbuilding platform for roleplayers and writers that she founded with her husband. She also streams Dungeons and Dragons for Wizards of the Coast, records writing and RPG advice on Youtube, and works as a freelance worldbuilder and author. Jan…
 
Brian's guest this week is epic fantasy author Evan Winter. Evan is a former filmmaker whose first novel Rage of Dragons was named as one of Time Magazine's 100 best fantasy books of all time in 2020. The third book in his Burning series is out in 2023. Evan and Brian talk about his experiences with music videos, the side work of being a creative p…
 
Hey everyone! Here's your very first Page Break Supplemental - just a quick catchup of everything going on in the Brianverse at the moment. Kern Country Library Event - March 18th 2022 at 8pm Preorder links for IN THE SHADOW OF LIGHTNING Brian's March TV/Film pick: The Legend of Vox Machina on Amazon Brian's March gaming pick: Deep Rock Galactic Se…
 
Brian's guest this week is intellectual property agent Steve Fisher. Steve began his career in the research department of World News Tonight before becoming an agent and ultimately joining APA where he’s been since 1999. Steve’s specialty is working out deals that bring your favorite existing properties to TV and film. Steve and Brian talk about hi…
 
Brian's guest this week is author, comic writer, screenwriter, and blogger Chuck Wendig. Chuck’s early career began as a freelance RPG writer for over a decade before he broke into the novel scene with Blackbirds, Blue Blazes, Shotgun Gravy, and the Heartland Trilogy. He was tapped to write the Aftermath Trilogy to kick off the new canon in Disney’…
 
Brian's guest this week is graphic designer Lauren Panepinto. Lauren is the creative director and a book designer for Orbit Books, where she has worked on covers for many of your favorite science fiction and fantasy authors including, by happy coincidence, Brian's! She’s also a vice president at Hachette Book Group and has written and lectured exte…
 
Brian's guest this week is tabletop game designer Chris Birch. Chris is the founder and publisher of Modiphius, a company that creates roleplaying games, board games, and war games in a diverse range of original and licensed properties including Dune, Star Trek, Fallout, Homeworld, Skyrim, Conan, James Bond, and more! Before founding Modiphius, Chr…
 
Brian's guest this week is Youtuber Logan Reese, better known by his online handle Runesmith. Logan gives viewers his comedic take on writing and Dungeons and Dragons on his Runesmith Youtube channel and has a liveplay series called Tall Tales. He also writes and produces supplemental modules for Dungeons and Dragons including the wildly successful…
 
Brian's guest this week is game designer and fantasy author James L Sutter. James is the co-creator of the Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games, and was the editor and developer for Paizo Publishing for over a decade where he oversaw Dungeon Magazine and the Pathfinder Tales novel line. James wrote for the Paizo world, and has published shor…
 
Brian's guest this week is literary agent Caitlin Blasdell. Caitlin began her career editing for Harvard Business School and Harper Collins before making the transition to her current job as a literary agent for Liza Dawson Associates where she has helped nurture and sell such clients as Charles Stross, Rebecca Zanetti, Zen Cho, and numerous others…
 
Brian's guest this week is actor, writer, and comedian Maggie Mae Fish. Maggie is a wildly prolific writer having worked on projects for Cracked.com, College Humor, Screen Junkies, DreamworksTV, Amazon, and more. She also has a popular Youtube channel, Maggie Does Film Analysis. She’s won awards and shout-outs for her work from Sundance Labs, Cover…
 
Brian's guest this week is fantasy author—and a friend for many years—Robert Jackson Bennett. Robert’s career began back in 2010 with the award-winning Mr. Shivers and the Company Man, followed by The Troupe and American Elsewhere. He then took a turn into epic fantasy with the Divine Cities Trilogy, and is currently two books into the Founders Tri…
 
Brian's guest this week is youtuber and fantasy author Shad M. Brooks. Shad is known for his massively popular Youtube channel Shadiversity, where he dives into fantasy and medieval tropes, culture, and technology. Shad also talks more pop culture and reviews over on his other Youtube channel, Knights Watch. In addition to his video content, Shad i…
 
Brian's guest this week is novelist Helene Wecker. Helene is author of the best-selling and award-winning book, the Golem and the Jinni and its recent follow up, The Hidden Palace. Helene and Brian are also debut buddies—their first books came out the same month in April of 2013. Helene and Brian talk about writing classes and pursuing higher educa…
 
Brian's guest this week is bestselling epic fantasy author and personal hero, Joe Abercrombie! Joe is known for his nine books in the First Law universe where he created fan favorite characters like Glokta and Logen Ninefingers. He has also written the young adult Shattered Sea Trilogy. Joe and Brian discuss video games, book tours, their most chal…
 
Brian's guest this week is Canadian actor Anthony Lemke! Anthony will be known to American audiences as the character of Three in the sci-fi drama Dark Matter and as Coach Marcus Gilday in the college sitcom Blue Mountain State. He has an extensive catalog of parts in television and film, and has acted in both English and French. Brian asks Anthony…
 
Brian's guest this week is Kevin Hearne! Kevin is the bestselling author of the urban fantasy Iron Druid series and the epic fantasy Seven Kennings. He also co-writes the Tales of Pell with previous Page Break guest Delilah S Dawson. Kevin and Brian chat about the mental health benefits of getting out in nature, Kevin’s epic fantasy series, the fut…
 
Brian's guest this week is novelist Fonda Lee. Fonda is the author of the young adult Exo series as well as the epic fantasy Green Bone Saga. The first book in that series, Jade City, was a finalist for the Nebula Award and won the World Fantasy Award in 2018. Fonda and Brian discuss her transition from the world of business to being a creative, ho…
 
Welcome to part two of this week’s two-part episode where Brian chats individually with a pair of co-authors, R.A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis, for the launch week of their new book Color of Dragons! Brian's second guest is Robert Anthony Salvatore! Bob is a long-time bestselling author of the DemonWars Saga and the creator of the beloved character D…
 
This week Brian has something a little different for you: a special two-part episode in which he chats individually with a pair of co-authors, R.A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis, for the launch week of their new book Color of Dragons! First up is Erika Lewis! Erika is a former television producer who has written novels for multiple age groups—her debut…
 
Brian’s guest is author and podcaster Mallory O’Meara. Mallory wrote the bestselling nonfiction book The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick. Her upcoming Girly Drinks, a feminist history of women and alcohol, is out just a week from broadcast of this episode. Mallory is also the co-host of the lit…
 
Brian's guest is Youtuber and author Daniel Greene! Daniel is the writer and performer behind the hugely popular Fantasy News Youtube and Twitch channels, as well as the author of the epic fantasy novellas Breach of Peace and Rebel’s Creed. Daniel and Brian chat about what it’s like to be on the other side of the reviewer’s crosshairs, the massive …
 
Brian's guest is author Brent Weeks. Brent is known for the Night Angel Trilogy and Lightbringer series, two acclaimed and best-selling epic fantasies. Brent and Brian dig pretty deep into the world of an epic fantasy writer – they talk about the bloat experienced by most long series; how writing dark scenes can affect mental health; what Brent is …
 
Brian's guest this week is YA author Aprilynne Pike. Aprilynne burst onto the scene with her debut novel Wings, which hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list on its second week of release back in 2009. She’s also written the Earthbound Series, the Charlotte Westing Chronicles, and the Kingdom of Versailles. Brian chats with Aprilynne about bei…
 
Brian's guest is novelist and comedy writer Robert Brockway. Robert got his start during what many listeners will think of as the golden age of Cracked.com, editing and writing funny articles that were read by hundreds of thousands of people every week. Robert’s comedy chops have since moved on to co-found 1900HotDog.com. Robert is also the author …
 
Brian's guest is bestselling novelist and screenwriter Pierce Brown. Pierce is known for his excellent Red Rising space opera. During their chat, Pierce dissects Brian's childhood and they philosophize about the headspace of writing as well as their mutual love of video games. They talk about screenwriting, and Pierce even gives a bit of an update …
 
Brian’s guest is horror and science fiction writer, Dan Wells. Dan is the author of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed I am Not a Serial Killer, which was turned into a major motion picture in 2016. He’s also written the Partials Sequence, the Mirador series, the Audible Original Zero G, and a number of other novellas, short stories, and sta…
 
Brian’s guest is the venerable science fiction and fantasy author Maggie Ogden – better known by her pen names Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm. Robin is best known to fantasy readers for her multiple series set in the Realm of the Elderlings. These include, but are not limited to, the Farseer Trilogy and the Liveship Traders Trilogy. Brian and Robin …
 
Brian’s guest is Twitch streamer, youtuber, performer, professional tabletop roleplayer, and all-around content creator Mark Hulmes. Mark is the creator of the very successful dungeons and dragons Twitch show, HighRollers, and has had numerous guest spots as both a player and dungeon master on shows all over the internet—including Critical Role. Th…
 
Brian’s guest is multi-genre novelist and comic writer Delilah S. Dawson. Delilah is known for her widespread work with tie-in fiction including Star Wars, Spiderman, Rick and Morty, Hellboy, and Firefly. She writes fantasy under the name Lila Bowen with the Shadow series, and comedy fantasy in partnership with Kevin Hearne on the Tales of Pell ser…
 
Brian's guest is software engineer and award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Aliette de Bodard. Aliette has been published in magazines, ezines, collections, and in long form by major publishers across a prolific career. She has either been nominated for or outright won many of the big awards in genre publishing. Aliette and Brian talked…
 
Brian's guest is podcaster, tech journalist, and author Tom Merritt. Tom has a wildly prolific career, starting in local radio and working for CNET, the Twit.tv network, and numerous freelance radio, writing, and podcast gigs. He currently hosts the Daily Tech News Show and Cordkillers, as well as the science fiction and fantasy podcast Sword and L…
 
Brian’s guest is bestselling romantic fantasy author Charlie N Holmberg. Her books include the Paper Magician, Smoke and Summons, Spellbreaker, the Will and the Wilds, and the upcoming Star Mother. In addition to her full time job as a writer she dabbles in music and podcasting. She’s been published in over twenty languages and has hit the Wall Str…
 
Brian’s guest is science fiction author Wesley Chu. Wes is the author of the Lives of Tao and Time Salvager. In addition to his own work, he’s written tie-in fiction for both the Walking Dead and Cassandra Claire’s Mortal Instruments. Wes and Brian have been friends since their debut novels came out in the same month back in 2013, and they dive rig…
 
Brian's guest is epic fantasy author Peter V Brett. Pete is the creator of the best-selling Demon Cycle, a five-book series he finished in 2017. The first book in a new series set in the same world is coming in August 2021, just two months from this recording. Brian and Pete talk about Pete's love of comics, his background in pharmaceutical marketi…
 
Brian's guest is podcaster, host, and all around media personality, Veronica Belmont. Reading listeners will know Veronica from her from her book club podcasts Sword and Laser and Vaginal Fantasy, while the more tech savvy will know her as the speaker, host, and presenter of a number of shows for CNET, Gizmodo, Sony, and more. Brian spoke with Vero…
 
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